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Self-Expression Quotes

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

One of the best things to do sometimes is simply to be.

Author: Eric Butterworth

Profession:

God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you.

Author: Meister Eckhart (1260-1326)

Profession: German Mystic

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.

Author: Natalie Goldberg

Profession:

Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.

Author: George Gurdjieff (1873-1949)

Profession: Russian Adept, Teacher, Writer

I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use --silence, exile and cunning.

Author: James Joyce (1882-1941)

Profession: Irish Author

Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.

Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer

You can't lead a cavalry if you think that you look funny riding a horse.

Author: John Peers

Profession: American Businessman, President of Logical Machine

We have to take the whole universe as the expression of the one Self. Then only our love flows to all beings and creatures in the world equally.

Author: Swami Ramdas

Profession:

I'm a meathead. I can't help it, man. You've got smart people and you've got dumb people.

Author: Keanu Reeves (1964)

Profession: Lebanese-born American Actor

I like to think of myself as the Rutger Hauer of this show [Star Trek: The Next Generation]. But then I like to think of myself as Rutger Hauer in real life: strikingly handsome, irresistible to women, an intergalactic enigma.

Author: Brent Spiner (1960)

Profession: American Actor

I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.

Author: Barbara Streisand (1942)

Profession: American Singer, Actress, Director

I fear chiefly lest my expression may not be extravagant enough, may not wander far enough beyond the narrow limit of my daily experience, so as to be adequate to the truth of which I have been convinced. Extravagance! it depends on how you are yarded.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Do you want to be power in the world? Then be yourself.

Author: Ralph Waldo Trine

Profession: American Author